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Delivering your event

This masterclass will explore the practicalities of delivering a public engagement event and thinking through your audience’s experience. The Being Human team will share top tips on how to prepare in the lead up to events (both online and in-person) to ensure everything runs smoothly on the day.

Dr Elaine Canning, Head of Cultural Engagement at Swansea University, will give a flash talk on her experiences of delivering festival events and the small details that create a friendly and welcoming atmosphere. Elaine has a wealth of knowledge to share as Swansea has been involved with Being Human since its conception in 2014!

We are also very pleased to be joined by Sarah Jenkins, the founder of Jenesys Associates who are evaluating Being Human 2021. Sarah will discuss the surveys used to evaluate festival events, as well as sharing tips for obtaining feedback and optimising response rates.

Throughout, there will be chances for everyone to discuss ideas about delivering activities to diverse audiences and collecting feedback.

This session is aimed primarily at 2021 Being Human festival organisers, as well as those interested in public engagement in the humanities. Attendees will be emailed a masterclass pack full of helpful information and toolkits on delivering public engagement events after the session.


Dr Elaine Canning is Head of Cultural Engagement at Swansea University and the Executive Officer for the Dylan Thomas Prize. She leads this year’s Swansea Hub which covers everything from looking at the future of climate change, to making jam like the Romans.

Professor Sarah Churchwell is the Director of the Being Human festival. A prominent advocate for literature and the humanities, Sarah appears regularly in the media and writes for both academic and non-academic audiences.

Sarah Jenkins is the founder of Jenesys Associates, an evaluation service for research, education, arts and heritage sectors. She has undertaken evaluation activities for a range of organisations including Wellcome, UKRI and Arts Council England.

Amanda Phipps is the Programme Developer for the Being Human festival and Public Engagement Officer at SAS. She works with project organisers to ensure best practice public engagement in the festival and leads Being Human’s central strand of programming. 

Joining the event:  

This event is free, but booking is required. It will be held online with details about how to join the virtual meet-up being circulated via email to registered attendees. 

Delivering your event

7 October, 11:00AM-12:00PM

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